13 TAKEAWAYS FROM COTERIE AND ACCESSORIESTHESHOW NYC
Last week, our step counters worked overtime as we scoured the Javits Center at Coterie and AccessoriesTheShow to find the most cutting-edge introductions for Spring ’18. Bags were decidedly unpretentious, crafted from natural materials or sporting ironic phrases reminiscent of disposable shopping bags. Large totes were juxtaposed with micro cellphone bags and (dare we call them fanny packs?) hands-free silhouettes. Cats dethroned dogs as the No.1 animal motif on just about everything, and cherries outnumbered last season’s pineapple. Jewelry was multifunctional, like a crown that can double as a hatband, and Lucite is the new It material. Below, our 13 favorite finds from the shows:
1. Rope and bungee are an up-and-coming motif
Macrame is a construction to look out for, but material choices surprised us. Instead of jute, some designers opted for nautical cord accented with rope and bungee handles.
KENDALL + KYLIE
2. 2018 is going to be a knockout
The Jenner sisters are taking on the year with a one-two punch. These functional boxing gloves are a kitschy accessory that’s guaranteed to blow out at retail.
3. Spring is all about transparency
No, we’re not talking politics. Fisherman bags had a street-style moment this spring, and brands are all aboard for next year with offerings in natural and nautical hues.
4. The basket bag has only just begun
It may have started with Cult Gaia, but the straw bag is not going anywhere. Structural wicker basket bags took an array of shapes, from this sleek rectangular basket to circular constructions and tall cylinders.
5. Lucite is getting luxe
The future is clear, literally. From lucite jewelry (earrings, bangles, pendants, you name it) to perspex footwear, the invisible trend is about to make a statement.
ALICE & OLIVIA
6. Cheap bags are chic
Did you ever think cheap grocery bags would have a designer moment? Unstructured handle bags are going to be everywhere but the bodega in 2018.
CAM CI CAM CA
7. Your hat needs some bling, too
Housed in the Pool show, this crown goes double duty as a hat accessory.
8. It’s all about the destination
Travel is stealing a large proportion of disposable income as consumers demand experiences, so totes, pouches and other items that get women excited for their trip are key. Bonus points if she will Instagram it when she arrives.
9. Cherries are the new pineapple
Keep up… pineapples are passe; cherries, watermelons and flamingos are SS18’s newest treats and motifs. Embroidery is also updating sequins in many cases.
10. Cats are cool
Not a cat person? Too bad. Felines are slinking into fashion and it’s best to give them some love.
11. The eyes …and lips…have it
The evil eye has gone glam, so look for lashes, sequins, holograms and pearls dressing up this classic talisman. Lips are also gaining traction, driven by Surrealistic and Pop Art movements.
12. Belt bags are hip
Do. Not. Call. These. Fanny. Packs. We’re all about the “hipster” now. Hands-free is the way to go.
13. Phone pouches go one-size-fits-all
Designers have given up launching new phone cases every time Apple and Samsung grace us with their newest phone size (and camera viewer placement). One-size-fits-all pouches not only fit a phone, but also leave room for a credit card, lipstick and business cards. Consider these the ultimate Trade Show bag.
Source: Accessories Magazine by Ann Loynd